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Scenic Railroads of Arizona: Sedona and Grand Canyon

Experience the wonders of Sedona and the Grand Canyon via two historic railways as you join experts to learn about the local history, culture and charm of these iconic landscapes.
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Program No. 1083RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499
Arizona

Scenic Railroads of Arizona: Sedona and Grand Canyon

Experience the wonders of Sedona and the Grand Canyon via two historic railways as you join experts to learn about the local history, culture and charm of these iconic landscapes.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499
Program No. 1083 RJ

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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 6 - Mar 11, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Mar 20 - Mar 25, 2022
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

This date includes a night at the iconic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ.

Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
Starting at
1,649
May 16 - May 21, 2022
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

This date includes a night at the iconic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ.

May 22 - May 27, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2022
Starting at
1,699
Itinerary Note

This date includes a night at the iconic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ.

Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
1,649
Nov 7 - Nov 12, 2022
Starting at
1,499
Itinerary Note

This date includes a nigh at the iconic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 6 - Mar 11, 2022
Starting at
2,189
Mar 20 - Mar 25, 2022
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes a night at the iconic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ.

Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
Starting at
2,189
Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
Starting at
2,189
May 16 - May 21, 2022
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes a night at the iconic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ.

May 22 - May 27, 2022
Starting at
2,189
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
Starting at
2,189
Sep 26 - Oct 1, 2022
Starting at
2,199
Itinerary Note

This date includes a night at the iconic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ.

Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
Starting at
2,189
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Starting at
2,189
Nov 7 - Nov 12, 2022
Starting at
1,929
Itinerary Note

This date includes a nigh at the iconic Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ.

At a Glance

The wonders of Sedona and the Grand Canyon are well known, but few visit these locales via scenic and historic railway. Ride the Verde Canyon Railroad through Arizona’s rim country along the wild and scenic Verde River. Later in the week, embark on an overnight adventure to Grand Canyon National Park via the historic Grand Canyon Railway. Throughout your journey gain insights into regional lore as you explore this breathtaking part of northern Arizona.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on varied terrain. Optional longer hike at the Grand Canyon. Elevations of 4,500-7,000 feet.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy a guided exploration of Sedona’s best-loved sights and red-rock vistas.
  • Travel through dramatic Oak Creek Canyon en route to historic Williams for embarkation on the Grand Canyon Railway excursion.
  • Stay overnight at a Grand Canyon lodge, explore historic village sites and absorb incomparable canyon views.

General Notes

Transportation on this program is by full-sized motor coach.
Featured Expert
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Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson is a recent transplant to Sedona after retiring from a career as a CEO of a non-profit focused on community development. He is a lifelong student of history and has traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and elsewhere. Paul loves to share the history and culture of his adopted state of Arizona and enjoys hiking with his wife and dog, playing golf, and exploring the wonderful red rock paradise of Sedona.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Paul Johnson is a recent transplant to Sedona after retiring from a career as a CEO of a non-profit focused on community development. He is a lifelong student of history and has traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and elsewhere. Paul loves to share the history and culture of his adopted state of Arizona and enjoys hiking with his wife and dog, playing golf, and exploring the wonderful red rock paradise of Sedona.
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Kathy Farretta View biography
Kathy Farretta is a history and science-loving bookworm who also loves hiking and taking photos. She was previously the Assistant Park Manager at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park in Flagstaff, where she now serves as a volunteer. She received her Master's Degree in History from Northern Arizona University and teaches U.S. History at Coconino Community College, and serves on the Board of the Flagstaff Festival of Science. When not prepping for her history classes, she most often has her nose in a science fiction book.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
An Introduction to Grand Canyon Prehistory
by Coder, Christopher M.
People have inhabited Grand Canyon for the past twelve thousand years. Evidence of their lives exists throughout the canyon; but it is up to their ancestors and archaeologists to interpret those remains for us. This book provides a popular look at the architecture, art, and tools of prehistoric Puebloan peoples, as well as information about modern-day Native American tribes. With illustrations and color photographs.
Grand Canyon Geology
by Beus, Stanley
This second edition of the leading book on Grand Canyon geology contains the most recent discoveries and interpretations of the origin and history of the canyon. It includes two entirely new chapters: one on debris flow in the Canyon and one on the impact of water flow releases from the Glen Canyon Dam. All chapters have been updated where necessary and all photographs have been replaced or re-screened for better resolution. Written by acknowledged experts in stratigraphy, paleontology, structural geology, geomorphology, volcanism and seismology, this book offers a wealth of information for geologists and general readers interested in acquiring an understanding of the geological history of this great natural wonder. 423pp
The Archaeology of Ancient Arizona
by Jefferson Reid and Stephanie Whittlesey
General overview of the archaeology of Arizona written by archaeologists with combined experience of over half a century of a combination of laboratory and fieldwork.
Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape
by Larry Lindahl
This book provides an overview of the terrain, ancestral Indian ruins and petroglyphs found in Sedona's wilderness areas. Extraordinary photography from one of the nations most photogenic areas. 80 pages.
Living at the Edge: Explorers, Exploiters, and Settlers of the Grand Canyon Region
by Anderson, Michael F
A comprehensive look at the pioneer history of the Grand Canyon Region, from its earliest residents to the creation of the national park at the end of the pioneer era (circa 1920). Included are close to two hundred historic photographs, many never published before, and 12 custom maps of the region. 184pp
Carving Grand Canyon: Evidence, Theories, and Mystery
by Ranney, Wayne
Ranney explains how rivers in general can physically carve canyons, looks chronologically at the numerous theories that have been presented by successive generations of geologists regarding the Grand Canyon's formation, and describes a plausible sequence of geologic events that could create such a landscape. Numerous color photographs, detailed illustrations, and maps are provided. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR 160pp; 2nd edition 2012.
Sedona through time: Geology of the Red Rocks
by Ranney, Wayne
Visitors to the towering red rock cliffs near Sedona seldom realize that the area was once a broad river floodplain that lay beyond the Ancestral Rocky Mountains. Or that this same place was later buried in a vast, Sahara-like desert, still later to lie beneath the waters of a warm tropical sea filled with ancient life forms. Sedona Through Time is an eminently readable story of the evolution of this fantastic landscape through the eons of geologic time.
Arizona: A Cavalcade of History
by Trimble, Marshall
During America's first 100 years as a nation, pioneers moved ever-westward to new frontiers. When it became too crowded or the soil was mined out, they moved on to virgin land. Those days are gone forever. We have to learn to live with the problems we create. The knowledge gained from studying the mistakes of the past can help provide a better future. Will Rogers said it best: "The Indians never got lost because they were always looking back to see where they'd been." 368pp





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